Stuart F. Dodds

Biography

Stuart developed his interest in science fiction from an early age and started writing short stories during his teen years. He became a police officer and after a varied career, retired thirty years later when he started to write seriously, publishing his first novel in 2015. Many of his ideas are inspired by his experiences in the police and from travels around Europe, S.E. Asia, and the USA.

Born in North London, England, Stuart enjoys family life, cinema, and swimming.

His intention is to write adventures stories with a science fiction spin, accessible to people who normally shun the genre.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
A few months ago I spent hours preparing a novel synopsis which I sent off to an editor with the first three chapters and a covering letter - only to receive no reply, not even a rejection letter. I'm not prepared to continually go through that process.
I prefer to get on with it, create my own stories, and make my own decisions and mistakes. By writing and publishing I am pushing myself forward, rather than not doing it at all.
What is your writing process?
It varies and I am still settling on this. I recently outlined a whole novel using Excel. Using text boxes and a time line, I completed a series of scenes and events from start to finish. I use separately coloured text boxes containing - the main story episodes, location, characters in scene and the tension points (it is an action storyline). I've seen behind the scene footage of films where scriptwriters place cards on a wall showing main scenes from start to end - so I borrowed that concept.
I then break the story down into suggested chapters with characters and using OneNote I copy images via a search engine onto a chapter page which help me visualise the scene. For example, I needed to write a scene involving trucks full of mineral ore, so I researched images of coal mines and coal trucks and came up with a description to use in the story.
I am currently working on my next book and I wrote most of the action scenes first. They appear throughout the novel, but I needed to gain an understanding of them and work the story forwards and backwards to those key action points. For another chapter I started writing a meandering story where the characters went shopping. I re-visited my bullet points for the chapter and cut to the quick. I wrote the main thrust of the chapter first, then added a beginning and an end. I saved a lot of time and daydreaming that way.
Next time I may write in chronological order! It's what works for you.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Stuart F. Dodds online


Books

The Search for Locardum (A Brell Sturlach Adventure)
Price: Free! Words: 104,060. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Brell Sturlach, cargo pilot, is told she must assist Police Corps in searching for a rare deposit of Locardum ore used in deadly weapons. The person who may hold vital information is a challenger on a life or death game show on which Brell is a consultant. Assisted by a robot, she must battle with others, including a psychotic criminal, also intent on finding the ore.
Deep Yellow (A Brell Sturlach Adventure)
Price: Free! Words: 87,420. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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Disgraced former Police Corps officer Brell Sturlach is serving life imprisonment when informed she will be a contestant on Convict Challenge, a game show, set within a series of holographic studio sets. Pitched into a life or death contest, still battling addictions to intoxicants and Deep Yellow, a nano psychotic drug, she must act decisively to survive.

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